NBC and Golf Channel Roll Out Coverage Fit For 'The King' at Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 10, 2016, 10:50 pm

Nearly 50 Live Hours of News and Tournament Coverage on Tap Next Week from Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, the Most in Tournament History

 Golf Central and Morning Drive on-site Monday-Sunday, March 14-20

Professionals in the Field to Hit Arnold Palmer’s Original Golf Clubs for Special Features Running Thursday-Sunday, March 17-20

‘The Golf Fix’ From Bay Hill Monday; Pro-Am Special Airing Wednesday


ORLANDO, Fla. (March 10, 2016) – NBC Sports Group will deliver nearly 50 live hours – the most in tournament history – of comprehensive news and tournament coverage on-site at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge next week when the PGA TOUR’s Florida Swing moves to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

GOLF CENTRAL AND MORNING DRIVE ON-SITE MONDAY-SUNDAY: Golf Central and Morning Drive will commence from a new, custom-built set on the driving range at Bay Hill Club & Lodge all week beginning Monday, March 14. The multi-purpose set will utilize both the driving range and the clubhouse as backdrops and will be used in collaboration by both shows throughout the week.

Morning Drive will expand its coverage to three hours Monday-Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m., featuring daily guests on-set leading up to the start of the tournament. Thursday-Sunday, Morning Drive will air beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage on-site all week at Bay Hill beginning Monday at 6 p.m. ET with interviews, highlights, analysis and features.

Ryan Burr, Lisa Cornwell, Notah Begay, Tripp Isenhour, Mark Rolfing and Tim Rosaforte will lead Golf Central’s coverage Monday-Wednesday, with Kelly Tilghman, Brandel Chamblee and former World No. 1 David Duval anchoring weekend coverage. Chris DiMarco, Damon Hack, Cara Robinson, Charlie Rymer, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams will be-onsite for Morning Drive.

20 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE:  Golf Channel and NBC combined will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Golf Channel’s tournament coverage includes a one-hour, pro-am special on Wednesday; eight combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday; and four total hours of coverage leading into NBC’s coverage on Saturday and Sunday. NBC will deliver a combined seven hours of live tournament coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC’s 18th tower broadcast teams will include Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel), and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (NBC). For telecasts on both networks, David Feherty, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will report from tower positions, while Notah Begay, Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing will walk with the players on the course. Steve Sands and Todd Lewis will conduct player interviews, while Jimmy Roberts’ signature essays will be highlighted during the weekend.

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Air Times (all times Eastern):

Wednesday (Pro-Am Show)               5-6 p.m.                      Golf Channel

Thursday- Friday                              2-6 p.m.                      Golf Channel

Saturday-Sunday                              12:30-2:30 p.m.          Golf Channel

                                                         2:30-6 p.m.                 NBC

‘ARNIE’ TO RE-AIR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAYArnie, Golf Channel Films’ four-part, critically-acclaimed documentary film on the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, will air in its entirety on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Arnie Air Times (all times Eastern)

Tuesday           2-6 p.m.

Wednesday      1-5 p.m.; 8 p.m.-Midnight

PROFESSIONALS TO TRY OUT ARNOLD PALMER’S ORIGINAL GOLF CLUBS: Golf Channel cameras will shoot players in the field hitting original golf clubs belonging to Arnold Palmer for special “MasterCard Gets You Inside the Game” features that will air Thursday-Sunday on Golf Central, including:

  • Driver: Players will hit the driver Arnold Palmer used to win the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, in what is known as the greatest comeback in U.S. Open history.
  • 3-Wood: In one of the most amazing shots he ever hit in a golf tournament, players will use the same 3-wood Palmer hit on the 18th hole at Pecan Valley Golf Course in the 1968 PGA Championship, where he hit his shot from out of the pecan trees to inside 10 feet of the hole.
  • 5-iron: Palmer recorded two holes-in-one on the same hole in consecutive days in 1986 at the Chrysler Cup Pro-Am on the 182-yard 3rd hole. The feat had never been accomplished prior or since in professional golf. Players will hit Palmer’s 5-iron with which he recorded both holes-in-one.
  • Sand Wedge: Players will hit the same sand wedge Palmer used at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills during his comeback in winning the championship.

INSTRUCTION:  Golf Channel’s Monday night instruction program, The Golf Fix, will be shot on-site from the driving range at Bay Hill and air on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Titleist club designer Bob Vokey and European Tour winner Chris Wood are scheduled to join host Michael Breed for instruction during the hour-long episode.

DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com’s Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard and Will Gray will report on-site at Bay Hill throughout the week with daily blogs, features and columns.

STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA/NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:  All the news and tournament action surrounding the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra. Fans also can stream Golf Channel on NBC coverage of live golf with NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.